|Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer for iPad. Photo: Pace
[Avionics Today 08-03-2015] Aerospace software provider Pace has teamed up with UTC Aerospace Systems to provide pilots with a fuel efficiency application available on Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs). The Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer on-board software is available on the iPad to help pilots and airlines enable en-route flight profile optimization for their aircraft. At present, the application runs exclusively on Windows-based EFB systems with full aircraft connectivity.
The app uses live aircraft and weather data to determine a cost-efficient flight trajectory for the remaining route to destination in real time and alerts flight crews to current cost-saving potential. This gives the crew a clear understanding of the economic impact of their en-route actions and enables them to seek ways of minimizing trip costs.
Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer requires a reading connection to the relevant aircraft systems, which iPads do not directly provide but which can be established via UTC Aerospace Systems’ Tablet Interface Module (TIM), which lets pilots connect their mobile devices, both wired and wirelessly, to various aircraft systems. The aircraft system data access is made by connecting the TIM with the UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aircraft Interface Device (AID).